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Christian Huygen
Christian Huygen
Christian Huygen has served as Executive Director of Rainbow Heights Club since 2002.  He received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from The New School for Social Research. Dr. Huygen began working with LGBT consumers over in 1995, as a volunteer at an AIDS hospice in San Francisco. His research interests include autobiographical and social remembering, consumer satisfaction, and quality of life.  Before he came to New York City to become a psychologist, he was an actor, writer and playwright; his play Waiting for Godette, starring Justin Bond, was produced at Theater Rhinoceros in 1993.  He co-authored articles on Rainbow Heights Club for the journal Best Practices in Mental Health and the anthology Community Mental Health:  21st Century Challenges.
christianhuygen@rainbowheights.org


Kevin Garrity

Kevin Garrity is the Director of Outreach and Development. Kevin came to Rainbow Heights in 2005 with a long history of for profit and not for profit corporate development and management. He has helped guide many organizations to sustainability through funding diversification and administrative capacity development both on the staff and board levels. Kevin also represents Rainbow Heights Club in Albany and at NY City Hall, where he advocates for more and better access to services for our community.
kevingarrity@rainbowheights.org


Rebecca Hoffman

Rebecca Hoffman, LMSW, is the Director of Member Services and a native New Yorker.  For over 20 years, both personally and professionally, she has been a part of community-based efforts for peace and justice.  She served as the Community Building Coordinator at SAGE (Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Elders) and as a member of The Lesbian Avengers, a direct action group focused on issues vital to lesbian survival and visibility.  She has worked in domestic violence prevention and senior services case management, and as a Brooklyn College professor.  She studied social work at Hunter College, where she earned her MSW, and Fordham University, where she earned her SIFI certificate.  In her free time, she likes to swim, dance The Hustle, and walk her dog. 
rebeccahoffman@rainbowheights.org



Randy Killings

Randy Killings, CASAC-T, New York Certified Peer Specialist, Intake & Member Services Coordinator, just earned his CASAC (Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor) diploma from the Outreach Training Institute in Queens, New York. He is also a graduate of the Howie the Harp Peer Advocacy Center. Randy is a resident of Brooklyn, New York, living with his partner, and has been in the Human Services field for eight years.  Randy has experience working with autistic children and with homeless populations.  Randy’s hobbies are dancing, modeling and playing handball.  Randy’s goal is to enter into social work in the future because he loves to assist people, who like him, live with a mental illness.  Randy identifies as a gay man and is proud to be working with LGBTQ people who live with mental illness.
randykillings@rainbowheights.org



Nichole Latimer

Nichole Latimer serves as the Electronic Outreach Coordinator at Rainbow Heights Club.  Her work experience has been primarily in communications and social media strategy in the nonprofit sector.  Currently, she is pursuing an M.A. in Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University, where she also earned her B.A. in Gender and Sexuality Studies.  Her most recent research project examined alternative models of political organizing and centered the political visions of nonmetropolitan gender nonconforming youth. She is excited to be part of the team at Rainbow Heights Club.
nicholelatimer@rainbowheights.org



Musa Watanabe

Musa Watanabe, New York Certified Peer Specialist, is originally from Tokyo, Japan, and has been living in NYC for almost 20 years.  After having been a member of Rainbow Heights Club, for eight years, she was hired as a Member Clerical Intern in 2010.  In April 2011, Musa began her current position as Peer Specialist. She feels that Rainbow Heights Club has given hope and strength to survive. Therefore, she is hoping to help members of Rainbow Heights Club to gain hope and recovery in return.  When not at the Club, she attends New York City College of Technology for a degree of Bachelor’s of Science in Paralegal Studies.  She is a big tennis fan and she enjoys traveling.


musawatanabe@rainbowheights.org



Sunny Rivera

Sunny Rivera, New York Certified Peer Specialist, is a Peer Specialist at Rainbow Heights. Sunny has worked in the social services field for almost three decades. Her previous experience has covered a diverse range of areas such as providing mental health services and helping children with developmental disabilities. Sunny later expanded her skill set to include substance abuse treatment and has been involved with recovery work for over a decade. Sunny is particularly interested in helping support clients who are re-entering into society after periods of incarceration. She would like to combine her knowledge of substance abuse and recovery to help individuals maintain their well-being and decrease recidivism rates. Sunny is grateful to Rainbow Heights for the opportunity to further her knowledge and capabilities as a mental health counselor.

sunnyrivera@rainbowheights.org



Allen Minor

Allen Minor is a New York Certified Peer Specialist at Rainbow Heights Club.  He comes to Human Services work following many years working as an architectural and engineering draftsperson and custom picture framer.  As a student at the University of New Mexico, Allen partnered to establish New Mexico’s first LGBTQ student union.  He has also volunteered to provide peer support to inpatients at Hudson River Psychiatric Center in Poughkeepsie, New York, and to provide support and practical assistance to people living with AIDS as an “AIDS Buddy” through AIDS Related Community Services.  As a student at Howie the Harp Peer Advocacy Center, Allen completed his internship at Rainbow Heights Club, and now he is proud to be a part of the Club’s professional team.  He is especially grateful for the opportunity to develop his support and advocacy skills and to help others who, like him, identify with the LGBTQ community and live with mental illness.  In his spare time Allen enjoys reading, writing, drawing, walking, bike riding, and exploring New York City’s many wonderful museums.

allenminor@rainbowheights.org



Cesar Munoz

Cesar Munoz is a New York Certified Peer Specialist at the Club. He is from the Institute for Career Development and an asylum seeker from Ecuador. He is passionate about the mission of Rainbow Heights Club. The hospitality from the staff and members has made him feel at home. He says: "Now, whatever other people say, I trust myself, I feel secure about who I am. People here are confident and respectful. I've learned so much here. Everyone here gets a second chance. No what issues you have faced in your life, you have a chance to relax and make a positive contribution to society. Rainbow Heights Club is helping people do just that."

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Bernis Young

Bernis Young is the newest Peer Specialist at Rainbow Heights Club and brings skills developed at Howie the Harp Advocacy Center to the Club.  He is a fun, energetic, and understanding person. His hobbies are reading, writing, listening to music, and comic book collecting. He loves giving back to those in need with advice and being able to meet them where they are. He looks forward to continuing to work with all the members.



Shari Jones

Shari Jones is a third year part-time MSW student at Fordham University with a strong background in education. She is also the Events and Project Coordinator for the National Association of Social Workers - NYC Chapter.  She is enrolled in the Leadership and Macro Practice concentration for the MSW program, and has discovered her passion.  She looks forward to contributing to Rainbow Heights Club and its members through community and group meetings, engaging with folks in the community room and during meal time. She also looks forward to expanding her clinical perspective as a student of social work and growing personally as she prepares to become a first time mother in October.  She is in on Wednesdays and Fridays.  Please say hello if you see her around!



Katheryn Manglos

Katheryn Manglos wants to live in a world free from mental health stigma, where people are free to connect deeply and authentically. She comes to Rainbow Heights Club as an intern, currently pursuing her Masters of Social Work at Hunter College. She has experience in the mental health field and providing one on one support to children, teens, and adults.  Katheryn hopes to grow as a social worker while at Rainbow Heights Club and become an active group facilitator. When she is not studying or here at Rainbow Heights Club, you can find her playing with her puppy, writing, or curled up with a good book.  Katheryn looks forward to expanding her awareness and becoming an advocate for the LGBT+ community. 



Liz Fortier

Liz Fortier is a MSW student at New York University and a Research Project Coordinator at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK). At MSK, Liz works on research studies aimed at improving care for cancer survivors and patient safety. Liz earned a master’s degree in public health, and looks forward to using her MSW/MPH to take part in the clinical and therapeutic aspects of improving health outcomes. Liz is excited to get to know all of the Rainbow Heights Club members, and to learn from them. In her free time, Liz likes to jog in Prospect Park, watch documentaries, bake, and try new restaurants.



Raymond Pichardo

Raymond Pichardo is a new intern from Fordham University’s Graduate School of Social Service.  He is pursuing his MSW with a clinical focus.  After working several years in the corporate world, he decided to pursue a career where people come first.  He is very passionate about helping others, equality, and simply making our society a better place to live.  Raymond is looking forward in getting to know all the members of the Rainbow Height Club, so please feel free to chat with him whenever you see him around.


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Margot Garnick

Margot Garnick is an intern from Long Island University’s Marriage and Family Therapy Program. She initially pursued a career in law and worked for many years as a paralegal in many areas of law before going back to school to pursue her passion for counseling. She someday hopes to have a private practice focusing on gender and sexuality as well as alternate relationship styles. When she is not doing schoolwork, she is training her dog in agility and to become a therapy dog; additionally, she is a competitive ballroom dancer. Margot is excited to work with the members of Rainbow Heights Club.


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Sabrina Jeanbaptiste

Sabrina Jeanbaptiste is a Master’s student in the Mental Health Counseling program at Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus. She is also employed at Harvest Home as a program coordinator working with low income communities.  She advocates for kids and parents to come to Play Streets in the summer for safe play and exercise. Children will always be a part of her life. She plans on owning a clinic and a non-profit organization after obtaining the MHC license. Fun Fact: Sabrina love dogs. If possible, she would run her own farm for rescued dogs where they can experience happiness and freedom!


 

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